Art Effect is a fixture of the Lincoln Park shopping scene.

Art Effect is a fixture of the Lincoln Park shopping scene.

Lincoln Park has strutted onto the fashion scene as an upscale neighborhood with a demographic of mostly young professionals, college students and families with small children. Amidst the posh townhouses, locally owned gourmet groceries and neighborhood favorite bars and bistros filled with stylish regulars, fashion is playing a prominent role on the scene. With numerous high-end boutiques, home décor stores and big-name clothing chains, Lincoln Park is a neighborhood perfect for window shopping (and, of course, actual shopping).

Starting at the Armitage Brown Line “L” stop, make your way east towards cool boutiques like Sequin  (845 W. Armitage Ave.) for edgy jewelry and accessories. Heading down this bustling retail thoroughfare, you’ll find the quaint studio storefront of 1154 Lill Studio (904 W. Armitage Ave.). This chic shop allows customers to purchase or design their own handbags and clutches, a great location to host a bridal shower or party. Lori’s Designer Shoes (824 W. Armitage Ave.) provides an up-to-the-minute selection of shoes, purses and accessories with a cozy atmosphere custom made for browsing. Art Effect (934 W. Armitage Ave.) is a must-stop shop, filled to the brim with clothing, accessories and gift items you won't see everywhere (or anywhere) else.

For clothing and gifts at more down-to-earth prices, Lincoln Park’s Clark Street has the most to offer. Check out stores like Urban Outfitters Surplus (2352 N. Clark St.) for price-reduced apparel and accessories, as well as Aaron’s Apothecary (2338 N. Clark St.) for unique gift items, baby clothes and beauty brands.